Yay! Even More Bronco Talk and Predictions

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Welcome to 2016, everyone. It’s a new year full of hope and promise. It also means we’re closer to the next Ford Bronco.

We’ve been bringing you all Bronco-related news for a while. Guess what. We have even more for you, courtesy of our own Seth Parks.

According to him, the hot-selling Jeep Wrangler will no longer have a monopoly in the off-road-capable midsize SUV segment once the reborn Bronco emerges from the Michigan Assembly Michigan Truck Plant. Due to that facility’s production capacity of nearly 300,000 units a year, it would be sensible for it to be the home of both the new Ranger and the Bronco, which should share a robust body-on-frame platform to cut down on manufacturing costs.

In terms of the latter vehicle, that backbone is expected to sit under a two- or four-door body small enough to make meeting Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards easier and lessen the likelihood of eating into F-150 sales. However, like the full-size truck, the Bronco might possibly end up powered by the 282-horsepower naturally aspirated 3.5-liter V6 or the 325-horsepower 2.7-liter Ecoboost V6. Two other possible engine options are the 2.5-liter Duratec I4 found in the international-market Ranger T6 and the 3.2-liter diesel under the hood of the Transit.

What’s more of a certainty is some form of a removable top to make the next Bronco a true Bronco. The right hardware will make the rig, in its most focused and aggressive trim level, a Wrangler Rubicon fighter.

Hit the appropriate link below to get the full story. Just a warning: It’ll make waiting for the next-generation Bronco that much more torturous.

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via [The Truth About Cars]

Derek Shiekhi contributes to a variety of Internet Brands’ Auto sites, including J-K Forum , Jaguar Forums, and 5 Series. He's also a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association.

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